BANSHEE, n.  In both the Irish and the Scottish mythologies, a female spirit whose wail is said to herald the imminent demise of a family member: preferably one with money. 
   As a portent of death, the banshee is now attested to abroad (esp. Indochina, Chile, East Timor, Cyprus, Nicaragua, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria), and manifests not as a plaintive, feminine howl but as the ghostly form of Henry Kissinger.